I became a Mum for the first time at 30 years of age, and I must admit my 10 month old has taught me so many life lessons already- here are a few so far:
1. How to let go - This covers off so many different facets of life, it might be letting go of control, lettting go of friendships, letting go of selfish ways, or even letting go of the fact that your home may never be as clean as it could be. I still battle with most of these things on a daily basis but I am working on the art of letting go in order to be more present. Which leads me to my next point -
2. Embrace the moment - The dishes will still be there later, but those special times with your little one and family pass so quickly. Your little baby will suddenly be so grown up and these times are all but a memory. Again, life must go on and there are certain things we must do, but sometimes we just need to breathe in the moment and let the other stuff fall by the wayside, even if its just until baby's next nap.
3. Trust your instincts - I am an only child who had pretty much zero experience with kids before becoming a Mum for the first time. I have doubted myself often, consulted google far too much and second-guessed more times than I can count. Go with your gut, kids and life in general doesn't come with rule book or a 'how to guide'. Do what you feel is right.
4. Don't sweat the small stuff - As cliche as it sounds, becoming a Mum has made realise that nothing much matters aside from my families happiness and health. Things that used to bother or worry me suddenly seem so insignificant. As long as you have a roof over your head, food in your belly and a family that loves you - you've got it all.
5. That nobody is perfect - I get upset, I make mistakes, I question myself, and I wonder if I'm doing a good enough job, but at the end of the day I am doing the very best I possibily can for my son and behind every error or questionable outcome is nothing but good intent. We are only human and nobody is perfect, I mean, how boring would that be?